Should Ashley Young have been sent off for his shove on Angel Di Maria? Sportsmail experts Chris Sutton and Mark Clattenburg have their say
- Manchester United suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain
- They finished the match with ten men after Paul Pogba was sent off late-on
- Ashley Young could also have seen red for shoving Angel Di Maria off the pitch
- Sportsmail’s experts give their verdicts on the controversial decision
But United could easily have been a man down in the first half. Having earlier chopped down Kylian Mbappe during a PSG counter-attack, captain Ashley Young avoided a second yellow card after shoving former United man Angel Di Maria off the pitch.
Should Italian referee Daniele Orsato have sent him off? Sportsmail experts CHRIS SUTTON and MARK CLATTENBURG give their verdicts on the contentious decision.
Ashley Young avoided a second yellow for his shove on former teammate Angel Di Maria
While competing for possession, Young arrived late to the touchline and shoved Di Maria
The former Manchester United winger was sent careering at pace towards the railings
The Argentine had a heavy impact against the side of the pitch after Young’s shove
He required medical attention, but after a short pause Di Maria was able to play on
CHRIS SUTTON -YES
That was a nasty, cynical challenge from Ashley Young on Angel Di Maria.
He can count himself fortunate not to have been sent off last night. Shoulder-to-shoulder challenges may be allowed but when Young made contact, the ball had gone.
There was no way either player was going to win it. Young knows that the touchline at Old Trafford slopes away and could have injured his opponent.
Chris Sutton believes Young was lucky to escape punishment for his late challenge
There was nothing to be gained in this situation. Already on a yellow card, Young risked getting sent off — reducing his team to 10 men on a night when they struggled with a full complement on the pitch.
I would expect better from such an experienced player.
MARK CLATTENBURG – NO
Referee Daniele Orsato got it right — Young’s challenge on Di Maria did not warrant a second yellow card.
The slope at the side of the Old Trafford pitch made it look far worse than it was. Had this match been played on a pitch surrounded by an athletics track, for example, the coming together between Young and Di Maria would have looked like an innocuous shoulder-to-shoulder challenge.
Former referee Mark Clattenburg disagrees, however, saying the shove was innocuous
Although VAR was in action last night, Orsato was not able to review this incident as second yellow cards cannot be checked.
The referee got this call right — but got it wrong when sending off Paul Pogba at the end.
The challenge was not a reckless foul and did not warrant a second yellow.